Sleeper Picks for the 2020 PGA Championship – Unlocking Betting Value at Harding Park

| August 4, 2020 2:51 am PDT

A major championship loaded with the world’s top players means I can finally take a week off from touting Matthew Wolff as a sleeper. The California native’s PGA Championship odds are quite appetizing, don’t get me wrong, but the layout at TPC Harding Park doesn’t exactly play into Matthew’s strengths.

On the flip side, some other golfers caught my eye as I was combing through the pricing.

Let’s jump straight into my PGA Championship sleepers for 2020 and see if we can score a nice payday. 

Jason Day +4000

Here’s a former PGA Championship winner coming off three straight top-7 finishes. That alone is enough to warrant a wager on Jason Day sitting at +4000, although there is one concern to be aware of. Cooler temperatures in the Bay Area mean it could take Jason a little longer to warm up his back, and that could lead to a lot of frustrated bettors.

Nevertheless, you need deft touch on and around the greens to flourish at Harding Park, and few guys on the planet are better than Day in that regard.

Abraham Ancer +6600

How a golfer performed on Saturday and Sunday the week prior can give us a good gauge on what to expect the following week. Well, all Abraham Ancer did over the weekend in Memphis was fire 65-66 to surge into the top 15 — his eighth such finish this season alone.

Take Ancer’s eight top-15s and add them to the moxie he showed in various situations at the 2019 Presidents Cup, and I dare you to tell me he’s not primed to play well at the PGA Championship.

Ranked inside the top 20 in SG: Tee-to-Green and 4th in scrambling, +6600 is way too juicy to pass up.  

Sergio Garcia +8000

Garcia’s shortcomings in the majors since triumphing at Augusta in 2017 are genuine. One top-30 finish on the PGA Tour over the last 14 months is hard to wrap your head around, so why on Earth would I peddle Sergio Garcia as a PGA Championship sleeper?

Because all it takes is a hot week with the putter, and he’s a shoo-in to be in contention.

Garcia clocks in 3rd on the PGA Tour in SG: Off-the-Tee and 3rd in SG: Tee-to-Green, reminding us there have been zero issues transitioning out of Callaway equipment. His short game is always intact (10th in SG: Around-the-Green), and Sergio has a great track record at this event, plus +8000 is a scrumptious price.

Scottie Scheffler +10000

If you are looking to go a little outside the box with your PGA Championship prediction, perhaps take a flier on Scottie Scheffler. The 24-year-old Texas product bounced back from a few missed cuts by finishing 22nd at the Memorial, and he continued showing good form on the heels of a T-15th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Worth noting, Scheffler got his ball up and down nearly 79% of the time at TPC Southwind and gained over eight shots on the field from tee to green.

Wondering if Scottie has ever sustained any success in the state of California before?

Rest easy knowing he won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp — a Tom Fazio design just a couple hours northeast of San Francisco.

Additional PGA Championship Betting Previews

I can’t wait for the festivities to get underway, especially after recalling some of the most memorable PGA Championship highlights in tournament history. Chances are we’ll be updating that page once the 2020 edition is in the books.

Those of you chomping at the bit to enter GPP lineups into DraftKings, my DFS picks are on the way. After that, it’ll be my favorite head-to-head matchups we should all be taking advantage of.

Track everything here, along with all sorts of other PGA Championship betting tips.

Michael Wynn

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